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Australia's jobless rate fall to 6.6% - the lowest since the start of the Covid pandemic

Australia's jobless rate fell to 6.6 per cent in December - the lowest since the start of the Covid pandemic.

The end of Melbourne's three-month lockdown is helping the national economy with the unemployment rate last month falling as 50,000 new jobs were created. 

New Australian Bureau of Statistics figures showed a jobless rate of 6.6 per cent in December.

This was the lowest unemployment level since April's 6.4 per cent, the first full month of Covid shutdowns following the World Health Organisation's declaration of a pandemic in March.

Australia's jobless rate fell to 6.6 per cent in December - the lowest since the start of the Covid pandemic. Pictured is a Centrelink queue in Adelaide in April when the unemployment rate stood at 6.4 per cent

Australia's jobless rate is still well above March's 5.2 per cent, taken during the first fortnight of that month before overseas tourists were kept out of the country.

But it is well below July's 7.5 per cent jobless rate, which was the highest since November 1998.

Since that time, the number of Australians officially without a job has fallen from a record-high above one million to 912,000 as of December.

The official labour force data was released on Thursday, a day after Prime Minister Scott Morrison declared JobKeeper wage subsidies would not be extended beyond March 28. 

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